Keep children safe from traffickers in India

by iPartner India
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Dear GlobalGivers,                      

We are very excited to share that on 24th March Every8Minutes launched its first CAFE 8 in Gurugram, in the National Capital Region of India. CAFÉ 8 is a moving cafe, which will engage people on child trafficking, an issue that needs urgent attention and action. The format of the cafe is entertaining and engaging, for guests to enjoy a conscious fun and subsequently become part of the change. Guests are encouraged to take small pledge such as to dial government’s child helpline number ‘1098’ when they see a child who is facing abuse or is at risk of being in danger.

More than 60 friends, family and supporters of iPartner India attended the event. The highlight of the event was the launch of Every8Minutes anthem song #DontYouDare, a special performance by Jamghat’s children and lots of interactive activities with the audience.

CAFÉ 8 invites guests to meet a group of people who are wholeheartedly committed to ending child trafficking to explore ideas, participate in discussions and add their voice to build a momentum to ending this modern day shame.

India’s capital Delhi has been cited as the worst city in India at finding its missing children. 6 out of 10 children who go missing remain untraced. The Delhi Police data shows that 22 children go missing every day. This is just recorded data so the number of children going missing could be much higher where most cases are not recorded.

iPartner India strongly believes that by engaging with like-minded people from various walks of life, this societal menace can be tackled. Child trafficking robs millions of children their basic rights to live in a safe and secure environment.

This is such a great idea to meet new people to talk about an issue which is mostly seen as something that can only happen in rural poor communities. I am glad I could attend this event, which has definitely helped in-depth understanding of the issue. I congratulate iPartner India and look forward to the next CAFÉ 8 event.” – Kaushik Poddar, CAFE 8 guest.

iPartner India plans to hold CAFÉ 8 event every quarter at different locations across India to spread awareness and prompt ordinary citizens to actively take action against crimes against children.

I am very pleased with the successful launch of CAFÉ 8. There is an increased risk of young women and girls who are vulnerable to being trafficked and exploited daily in India. The fight against child trafficking is an on-going struggle, and public awareness and collective action are essential to end that fight. We believe that each one of us has an important role to play to curb this shame from our society. Thank you GlobalGivers, for believing in our work and for your constant support, you inspire us to do more each day.” Sumedha Sharma, iPartner India’s Country Director.

Children in India are not born to be porn stars, sex slaves, bonded labour, organ donors or street beggars. They are born to be free with equal rights and equal opportunities to dream. For this iPartner India seeks your continued support and solidarity to be able to give back the children their freedom and rights. 

With deep gratitude,

iPartner India Team

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Dear GlobalGivers,

A very happy 2018 from iPartner India 

This year we are ready to take up new challenges at a time where crimes against children continue to rise. Every day children are bought and sold like mere commodities.  

iPartner India’s support to RAHAT, a Bihar based NGO since 2013 has prevented hundreds of girls from getting trafficked. Children mostly from poor and marginalised communities are often lured and trafficked into forced labour, forced surrogacy, begging rackets, domestic help or are sold to brothels for sexual slavery.

RAHAT works with local police, border security forces, local magistrates by mobilising poor communities to spread awareness and become more informed about the dangers of child trafficking. RAHAT also trains border security forces to remain vigilant and alert especially at the Indo-Nepal borders where minor girls are trafficked through the porous borders.

As part of their advocacy work, RAHAT recently organised a workshop with various stakeholders including educational institutions, Panchayats (local governing bodies), District Magistrate, school teachers and parents on the issue of child trafficking and child marriage. During the workshop, each stakeholder renewed their commitment to contribute their service and support to ensure that children remain safe not just in their homes but also in schools and public spaces. The lack of awareness and extreme poverty help traffickers to exploit children living in slums and other backward regions in the country.

With the support from local administration, RAHAT has formed vigilante groups in the community, which has led to the rescue and rehabilitation of hundreds of trafficking survivors. In January three minor girls were trafficked while returning from school.  However, only one of the girls has been rescued. She is now reunited with her family eager to go back to school. The girls were tricked and taken to a brothel in West Bengal. The trafficker has been arrested and the search continues for the other two missing girls. Girls, in particular, remain the most vulnerable to being trafficked.

According to government data, 2000 children are trafficked annually from Bihar. The National Crime Rate Bureau data shows that in 2015, 332 cases of child trafficking were registered in Bihar, the third highest in the country.

Despite all the horrific data, iPartner India remains deeply committed to work towards preventing children from getting trafficked. Here at iPartner India, our goal is to make sure that not one child should go missing in 2018.

It is because of your love and support that we have been able to support local NGOs like RAHAT. We urge you to continue to stand with us as your personal fight in our battle to end this modern-day shame.

Thank you! You have made a real difference in the lives of the hundreds of children.

With deep gratitude,

iPartner India Team

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Dear GlobalGivers,

Despite the gross number of trafficking on the rise, we are hopeful, as India has called for the adoption of a multi-pronged strategy to fight the global battle against the scourge of human trafficking. In addition, the Indian Government has also accorded highest priority to combat human trafficking.

Close to 20,000 women and children became victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent from the previous year, according to Government data. Poverty, lack of education and awareness push many children to become trafficking victims.

Every8Minutes’ partner organization Nedan Foundation in India’s North East has been working tirelessly to prevent young women and girls from getting trafficked. Assam has seen a huge rise in human trafficking in the last decade, as it shares its border with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Child trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation are the main reasons. There are hundreds of undocumented cases where many girls have never been traced. Child disappearances have now become a daily reality in Assam and across the country.

Nedan Foundation runs a shelter home for survivors. Here girls are provided with education and skill training in traditional weaving. The home currently shelters 60 girls. As part of their annual activity, an exposure trip was organised to Guwahati. The sightseeing trips organised each year is something all the girls eagerly wait to go out and enjoy themselves. 19 survivors of trafficking visited an amusement park in Guwahati on a daylong trip. These trips help the girls to bond and help them reintegrate back into the society.

“We really had a great time, I especially liked the snow world. I have never seen snow in my life and to be able to experience playing in the snow in Assam is something I have never imagined. I hope to visit the park again” Meena*

Meena 16, resides at Nedan Foundation’s home. She was rescued while working as a domestic help. Her poor parents could not afford to support her, so she was sent away to work. Her employer exploited her and she was finally rescued by Nedan’s team. Meena is currently studying and she hopes to finish her school and pursue higher studies.

The Every8Minutes campaign has been raising its voice to break the chain of silence so that girls like Meena can exercise their basic rights to live a life, free from fear and oppression.

We need your support to help us speak out against child trafficking. Your support is crucial as we continue to support our partner organisations across the country to create awareness among local communities to take prompt action if they see any child in danger.

Thank you for being part of our journey.

With deep gratitude,

iPartner India Team

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Dear GlobalGivers,

 

This is a crucial month, especially for those who are working tirelessly to end child trafficking across the globe. Human trafficking is a global phenomenon, which affects girls as young as three years old.  

 

In India, everyday children, mostly girls are trafficked for sexual slavery, child labour, domestic servitude and child brides. Even with stringent laws, violence against women and girls continues to rise unabated in India with as many as 2.24 million crimes against women and girls reported over the past decade.

 

Every8Minutes is working hard on ground by supporting organisations across India to end child trafficking. One such organization is Prerana-Anti Human Trafficking in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Prerana works in the red light districts of Mumbai to stop inter-generational prostitution. Prerana currently runs a shelter home for children of sex workers. iPartner India has been supporting Prerana since 2013 to run the shelter home.

 

On 10th May, Prerana collaborated with Safecity and Vital Voice to host their annual ‘Global Mentoring Walk’. The mentoring walk brings together women leaders from diverse backgrounds to interact with young and dynamic women who aspire to bring about a change in their chosen careers.

 

As they walk, they discuss their professional challenges and successes and establish a mentoring relationship and the leader in turn guides, advises and supports her mentee. 15 young women and girls living at Prerana’s shelter home participated as mentees for this program. There were 10 mentors who facilitated the walk.

 

Every8Minutes is proud to support anti- child trafficking organisations like Prerana who are doing commendable work to end inter-generational prostitution. Many girls who are born in the brothels have high risk of being trafficked, sold or become sex workers eventually.

 

Zarina (name changed) is 18 years and currently studying in high school. During the Global Mentoring Walk, she shared with her mentor that she would like to make films and documentaries and has dreams to pursue Bachelors in Mass Media. After completing her Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Zarina will apply for the course in a reputed college. During the walk her mentor appreciated and encouraged her to be consistent and keep trying till she achieves her goal.

 

“My confidence has enhanced and I have no fear to talk in English. I have received my result and I scored 64% in HSC. I found it difficult to secure a seat in a college due to institutional constrains but with Prerana’s support I have secured admission at SNDT located at Matunga, Mumbai. Currently, I have started attending college from July. I am excited to begin a new journey.”

 

Despite all the grime statistics, we remain committed to work hard and continue to raise our voice until this modern day shame ends.

 

We are grateful to many of you for your continued support in our fight against ending child trafficking in India. We urge you to stand with us because together we are stronger.

 

With deep gratitude,

 

iPartner India Team

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Dear Global Givers,                        

Like objects, children are bought and sold, even in present day. This is the sad reality we witness in a country like India where every eight minutes a child goes missing in India. Child trafficking affects thousands of people in India every year, robbing them of their rights to grow and live in a safe and conducive environment.

The Every8Minutes campaign continues to raise awareness about the plight of children across India by garnering support with partner organisations to combat this modern day slavery.

Madhu* was trafficked at 15 years. After her mother passed away, Madhu lived with her grandmother since her stepmother did not want to look after her. Her aged grandmother worked as a daily wage labourer earning a mere £1 per day, which was not enough for both of them. Madhu then started working as a daily wage labourer where she befriended a lady who later lured her to traffickers. Madhu was threatened, sexually abused and forced to service 6-7 clients in a day. Finally, after months of mental and physical trauma, Madhu was rescued with the help of The Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA). She is currently residing at APSA’s shelter home where she is receiving counselling and informal education. APSA’s team is encouraging her to pursue her studies and also learn alternative livelihood skills which will help her to earn and live independently. Her case has been registered and she is waiting for her perpetrators to be prosecuted.

As part of Every8Minutes campaign, our partner organisation The Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA) celebrated International Women’s Day in Bangalore with trafficking survivors. More than 150 people attended the event where the girls embraced their freedom by performing dance, song and street play. Survivors use dance as a therapy to overcome their trauma. Performing in public also helps them boost their confidence to reintegrate back to the society.

Our support to APSA since 2013 has enabled many child trafficking survivors to be rescued and rehabilitated. Currently, APSA provides shelter, education and skill training to 32 rescued girls aged between 15-19 years. Bangalore is becoming a hub for child trafficking. Young girls and children are often lured to the big cities with a false promise of better lives.

"Child trafficking has increased since it is taking different forms day by day. Two hundred eighty-nine cases have come to us this year for bonded labour, child labour and sexual assault", Savita, Programme Coordinator, APSA.

Of an estimated 20 million commercial sex workers in India, 16 million women and girls are victims of sex trafficking, according to non-governmental organisations working in the country. Investigations, prosecutions and convictions for human trafficking continue to remain low in India even though the government has stepped up its law enforcement efforts.

Despite the grim statistics, we remain hopeful that children can still have a chance to live a decent life, grow with dignity and be protected from traffickers. We are encouraged and humbled because supporters like you have helped fund the life change of hundreds of children affected by human trafficking and modern slavery.

For this, we thank you and urge you to continue to support the Every8Minutes campaign.

Forever in gratitude for your support,

iPartner India Team

 

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the girls

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